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Story Mageia 4 GNOME Beta 1 [screenshots] Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2013 - 4:15pm
Story Random Is Faster, More Randomness In Linux 3.13 Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2013 - 4:10pm
Story Jolla Sailfish OS phone released in Finland on November 27 Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2013 - 3:58pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2013 - 3:40pm
Story Developers Question Mint Security Rambo Tribble 1 18/11/2013 - 3:12pm
Story today's howtos Rianne Schestowitz 17/11/2013 - 11:45pm
Story Make the solid state drive (SSD) plunge with Linux Rianne Schestowitz 17/11/2013 - 10:50pm
Story Linux to lead in automotive infotainment OS market Rianne Schestowitz 17/11/2013 - 10:34pm
Story When three Linux journos go crowdfunding Rianne Schestowitz 17/11/2013 - 10:13pm
Story TWO MILLION! [Raspberry Pis] Rianne Schestowitz 17/11/2013 - 8:16pm

Linux Live CDs: All the Linux with None of the Commitment

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Linux

Nervous about installing Linux on your machine? Fear no more, because Live CD enables you to run the operating system without installing it. Bryan Hoff tells you what cool things you can do with Linux Live CD, and evaluates some great distributions such as SimplyMEPIS, SLAX, and Knoppix.

Previewing KDE 4

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KDE

Recently at a Linux show, John Littler saw a preview of a new version of KDE running on a KDE developer's laptop. The interface looked cleaner than before, and apparently there was a whole raft of new stuff under the hood. John recently interviewed KDE developer Aaron J. Seigo about the forthcoming KDE 4 (due in the fall) and also a little about the recent controversy surrounding the porting of KDE to operating systems other than Linux.

Study: 40 percent of Irish companies choose open source

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OSS

More than 40 percent of organizations in Ireland will use some form of open-source software in 2006, according to a study by iReach, a research company in Dublin.

Review: Grafpup Linux live CD for graphic designers

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Reviews

What would you get if you were to combine good graphic programs such as the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), Inkscape, and CinePaint with other open source biggies such as Scribus and Nvu? The answer: Grafpup Linux, a live CD heaven for all graphic designers.

Developer.com's Security Product of the Year Award

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Security

With the rising importance of implementing solid information security, one can imagine the proliferation of security products. Which one should you choose? What are your peers using, and why? Let me review the top five finalists for security products based on Developer.com's year-end product reviews. I'll end the discussion with 2005's winner. Here's what the industry is saying about five solid security products!

eThekwini municipality chooses open source

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OSS

The movement towards open-source software and standards in South Africa has received another boost from a government project, with the eThekwini (Durban) municipality basing its intranet and internet portal, Durban.gov.za, entirely on open-source tools.

CES 2006 Picks and Pans

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Sci/Tech

Last week I attended the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), which since the demise of Comdex has become the largest and most important trade show in the nation - not only for electronics, but for all technology. This year's show saw record attendance, which added to the energy and overall excitement of the event, but also jammed hotels, city streets and aisles on the show floor.

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IBM hit with formal SEC probe

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Misc

IBM Corp. disclosed Thursday that it is being formally investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its first-quarter 2005 earnings and equity compensation expenses. IBM, in Armonk, N.Y., previously disclosed in June 2005 that it has been cooperating informally with the SEC regarding the same matter.

Also: IBM looks to patent new system for patenting patents

Conflicting Numbers: Firefox Didn't Meet '05 Goal

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Moz/FF

Wait just one goll-darned minute, a Web measurement company said Thursday as it refuted a rival's recent take on Firefox's market share.

Also: HelpFirefox.com Seeks To Raise $1M for Browser

Preventing Buffer Overflow Exploits Using the Linux Distributed Security Module, Part 2

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Security

The sad thing about buffer overflow exploits is that good programming practices could wipe out even potential exploits, however, that simply has not happened.

Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 1.5 Email Client

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Software

Mozilla Corp. today announced the launch of Thunderbird 1.5, the latest version of its full-featured email client, available now as a free download at www.getthunderbird.com.

Monitoring your bandwidth usage with vnstat

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HowTos

There are many occasions where it is useful to have an idea of your bandwidth usage, perhaps to know when you're going to be charged more by your ISP, or perhaps just as part of general monitoring. The vnstat tool is a simple means of doing just that.

Linux powers WiFi-equipped LCD-TV

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Sci/Tech

Sharp used embedded Linux and Devicescape's WiFi stack to build a 32-inch flat-panel TV/PC display with a built-in 802.11a/b/g wireless media adapter. The IT-32X2 has a built-in HDTV tuner, and USB ports for viewing photos from digital cameras or USB storage devices.

Xen Virtualization and Linux Clustering, Part 1

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HowTos

Have you heard about Xen virtualization and want to get some hands-on experience? Do you want to experiment with Linux clustering only have a single computer to devote to the cause? If you answered yes to either of these questions, keep reading.

FAT patent fight not over yet

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Misc

On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reaffirmed a pair of patents held by Microsoft covering the File Allocation Table, but sources close to the Public Patent Foundation indicate that this will not be the end of the story of efforts to overthrow these patents.

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IndLinux Rangoli v1.0 BETA Screenshots

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Linux

The goal of the IndLinux project is to create a Linux distribution that supports Indian languages at all levels. This "Indianisation" project will strive to bring the benefits of Information Technology down to the Indian masses.

Microsoft's NXT step: targeting Linux/Unix ISVs

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Microsoft

Microsoft is about to announce a new intiative, NXT, aimed at convincing ISVs (independent software vendors) to move from Linux and Unix to the Windows Server System of products, as well as the .Net Framework.

I'm a little puzzled. Hasn't one of the gripes about Linux from Windows people always been that there are too few Linux applications?

Building a Linux home media center

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HowTos

Like a lot of people nowadays, I have a growing collection of digital media. My digital media is stored on a home Linux server. Most of the digital media players available today do not support protocols to connect to a Linux server, which make them unsuitable for my use. I realized the best way to connect my digital media library with my home theatre was to build my own Linux home media center (LHMC).

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Mozilla: Privacy, R.I.P., and Consent Management at Mozfest 2018

  • Firefox collects data on you through hidden add-ons

    Mozilla, the organisation that produces the Firefox browser and makes a loud noise about its open source credentials, is quietly collecting telemetry data on its users by the use of hidden add-ons, even though publicly visible telemetry controls are not selected.

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LibreOffice: A history of document freedom

My reminiscing led me to reach out to the Document Foundation, which governs LibreOffice, to learn more about the history of this open source productivity software. The Document Foundation's team told me that "StarWriter, the ancestor of the LibreOffice suite, was developed as proprietary software by Marco Börries, a German student, to write his high school final thesis." He formed a company called Star Division to develop the software. In 1999, Sun Microsystems bought Star Division for $73.5 million, changed the software's name to OpenOffice.org, and released the code as open source. Anyone could download the office suite at no charge for personal use. The Document Foundation told me, "For almost 10 years, the software was developed under Sun stewardship, from version 1.0 to version 3.2. It started with a dual license—LGPL and the proprietary SISSL (Sun Industry Standard Software License)—but it evolved to pure LGPL from version 2.0." Read more

Learn the 37 most frequently used shortcuts in GIMP

GIMP is a fantastic artist's tool for editing digital images, especially with the bevy of impressive features in the recent release of version 2.10. Of course, like all creative applications, you can get working more quickly if you can make yourself familiar with the various keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys available. GIMP, of course, gives you the ability to customize these shortcuts to match what you're personally comfortable with. However, the default shortcuts that GIMP ships with are impressive and generally easy to get used to. This cheat sheet is not an exhaustive list of all of the defaults GIMP has available. Instead, it covers the most frequently used shortcuts so you can get to work as fast as possible. Plus, there should be a few in here that make you aware of a few features that maybe you weren't aware of. Read more